Big congratulations to Bryan Funck and the guys in Thou. They've had a great year with their record Heathen (Gilead Media) and Bryan opened a record shop called Sisters In Christ in New Orleans. Go. Listen.
It has been a real pleasure getting to meet so many new musicians and friends this year. Cheers to Angel, Stewart and Josh, my companions on 2014's travels and music-making. As many albums as I may have missed this year, I feel like this list is a nice representation of what I heard and saw.
More than ever, I am excited to hear what music will be made next year. The ever present injustices in Palestine, protests in Ferguson, immigration, looming environmental concerns and racism in our justice system are all ripe for conversation and evaluation. I feel like our collective consciousnesses are tuned in and ready to respond with not only activism but also music. I can't wait to hear what you have to say 2015.
To my tramp-iest year yet.
ALBUMS Viet Cong - Cassette (Mexican Summer) Rodrigo Amarante - Cavalo (Rough Trade) 2013 Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar) Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Piano Nights (Pias) Lord Mantis - The Death Mask (Profound Lore) Only Lovers Left Alive OST (ATP) Flying Lotus - You're Dead (Warp) Grouper - Ruins (Kranky) Music Blues - Things Haven't Gone Well (Thrill Jockey) Pure X - Angel (Fat Possum) COIN – Inside Palace (Opal Tapes) The Paperhead - Africa Avenue (Trouble In Mind) Loops Haunt - Exits (Black Acre) Morbus Chron - Sweven (Century Media) Zath - Black Goat Razor 7" (Drag City) Ryley Walker - All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square) Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (Jagjaguwar) Amen Dunes - Love (Sacred Bones) Cian Nugent & The Cosmos - Born With the Caul (No Quarter) Spooky Black (Lil Spook) - Black Silk (self-release) Mac Demarco - Salad Days (Captured Tracks) Toupée - Yeehaw Grandma 7" (Lake Paradise Records) Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles (Numero Group) Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas (Mom & Pop) 2013 Morgan Delt - s/t (Trouble in MInd) Hailu Mergia - Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa) REISSUES Craig Leon - Nommos/Visiting (RVNG) Lambchop - Nixon (Merge) Heron - s/t (Mapache) Icecross - s/t (Rockadrome) Del Shannon - The Further Adventures of Charles Westover (Trouble In Mind Records) Orange Juice - Rip It Up (Domino) SHOWS Judas Priest - Fun Fun Fun Lauryn Hill - Vega, Copenhagen Kelela - SXSW Guerilla Toss - SXSW Thee Oh Sees - La Route du Rock William Tyler - Transfigurations Juana Molina - Primavera Grouper - Primavera Slint - El Rey, L.A. Pharmakon - Baby’s All Right, NYC Danafest - Foo Bar Too, Nashville Marissa Nadler/ Rodrigo Amarante - Le 106, Rouen La Luz - Euro buds Courtney Barnett - Fun Fun Fun A$AP Rocky - Capitol Hill Block Party The War On Drugs - Picathon Jonathan Richman - Picathon Mac Demarco - Øya Kevin Morby - Great American Music Hall FKA Twigs anything Angel Olsen
Asia Argento – Total Entropy (Nuun) Neil Young - Live At The Cellar Door (Reprise)
Cindy Lee - Tatlashea (Isolated Now Waves) 2012 Power Trip – Manifest Decimation (Southern Lord)
Berberian Soundtrack (Warp) My Bloody
Valentine – MBV (Self-released) Voivod – Target
Earth (Century Media) Fielded –
Ninety Thirty Thirty (Captcha) Ken Camden -
Space Mirror (Kranky) Total Control –
EP (Home Loan) Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is the Devil (Zoo
Music) Streetwalker – Future Fusion (Cititrax) Lace
Curtain – DFA EP David Bowie – The Next Day (Columbia) Cough Cool - “29” (Bathetic) Matt Duncan –
Soft Times (Hop Hop) The Drum –
Contact (Audraglint) Dog Man – Dream
Date OST (Love Lion) Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval (Blackest Ever Black) Marisa Anderson
– Mercury (Mississippi/Change) Troller – s/t
(Holodeck) 2012 The Delfonics -
Adrian Younge Presents (Wax Poetics) Jacco Gardner –
Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind) Forest Swords –
Engravings (Tri Angle)
Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Jagjaguwar)
Dean Blunt –
Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks) Acteurs – s/t (Public Information)
Kelela – Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind)
Oozing Wound – Retrash (Thrill Jockey)
The Cairo Gang – Tiny Rebels (Empty Cellar)
Heavy Times – Fix It Alone (Hozac)
Gorguts – Colored Sands (Season of Mist) Circuit Des Yeux - Overdue (Ba Da Bing)
– Imperium (Captured Tracks) Félicia Atkinson - With Her Own Hands (Shelter
– Matangi (Interscope) Gabriel Saloman - Soldier’s Requiem (Miasmah)
7 Days Of Funk
– s/t (Stones Throw)
Arve Henriksen - Places Of Worship (Rune
MU - s/t (Guerssen) Vangelis - Blade Runner (Audio Fidelity)
Atheist - Piece
of Time (Season of Mist) The Walker Brothers - Nite Flights (Tizona) Icecross - s/t (Rockadrome)
Roky Erickson –
Evil One (Light in the Attic) Twin
Peaks/Eraserhead Soundtracks (Sacred Bones)
Mayor Daley/ Miami Dolphins – Medusa, Minneapolis
Bomb Banks/ Mr.
666/ Diva 93 – Empty Bottle Yo La Tengo –
The Vic Enslaved –
Reggie's Guardian Alien/
Kria Brekkan – St. Ferdinand, New Orleans Nick Cave and
the Bad Seeds – Chicago Theater Black Angels –
Reckless Records Fleetwood Mac - United Center Cave – El Marney
Pissed Jeans –
Sweet Cobra –
Dark Lord Day, 3 Floyd's Brewery
Egg – Broadways, Asheville
Backyard BBQ –
Broken Water –
Jody/ Inc. -
Silver Apples -
Savages – Metro
Rotted Tooth Festival – Situations
Angel Olsen – Lincoln Hall
The Hecks, Larry Wish, Mar Habrine, Homebirth,
XXXPRESSIONXXX – Menglekoch, Minneapolis
White Poppy/ Cindy Lee – Remington Gallery, Vancouver
Goblin – The Metro
Bloody Valentine – Aragon Ballroom
Eyehategod – Cobra Lounge
– Cobra Lounge Guerilla Toss/ Wishfgift/ Toupee/ Blanche Blanche Blanche - Club Rectum Kranky Twenty Festival - Empty Bottle/ Constellation/ Lincoln Hall
1 tracks / 18:00 min / One side 12′ LP / 33 rpm / 2013 / first edition of 100 copies / color cover printed on plastic sheet / Artwork by the artist. 50 copies on dark clear blue with a hint of gold 50 copies on gold with a hint of black
Mastered by Brian Pyle / Co-release with Lieu-Communart Center. €20 – £26 – $17 / Out Of Print
"Let’s say it’s a narrative drift, the last whisper of an Ophelia lost in the shore, some sounds escaping from a broken window, a vague a l’ame caught in the syphon, some breads unknotted by mistake.
You know, a one side vinyl is a kind of second- handed moon, shining in the dust of thrift store, belonging to a suburban galaxy: you might need to hitch hike and lose you left shoe to travel in time.
18 mn or so, it’s a walk from home until the bridge, 9 subways stations, 25 kisses, an apple crumble baking in the oven, a summer nap, 3 extra minutes before being tired of waiting. It’s a gem, a glass eye, a melting ice cube, a lost tooth, a traveling secret, a kind of chanting ring. "
Félicia Atkinson, September 2013With Her Own Hands is a limited edition vinyl published for the exhibition L’attraction Minérale, Toulouse, May 2013.